There is now a third Mahalia Jackson film in the works. According to Deadline, singer Ledisi is set to play the legendary gospel singer in the biopic, Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story.
Named after one of Jackson’s signature songs, Remember Me, is set during the tumultuous period between 1956 and 1963. It will chronicle the successful career of Jackson as well as her unique friendship and devotion to Martin Luther King Jr. and her unsung contribution to the Civil Rights Movement.
Columbus Short will take on the role of Dr. King while Janet Hubert and Wendy Raquel Robinson will also co-star. Denise Dowse will direct the film based on a script by Ericka Nicole Malone.
“I am honored to be given a chance to paint the world through Mahalia’s eyes and sing her songs,” said Ledisi. “Watching Columbus Short transform into Dr. Martin Luther King has been inspiring. I am sharing space with so many amazing actors and with Ericka Nicole Malone’s words and being under the direction of the Great Denise Dowse’s I am thrilled to be telling the story of New Orleans Gospel Legend Mahalia Jackson.”
“I have dreamed of playing this role for many years,” remarked Short. “It’s truly a great honor to portray a man that has made such an indelible impact on society and to all of ours lives. I am thankful to Ericka for the opportunity and proud to play alongside a wonderful cast.”
News of this film comes after announcements for a big screen Mahalia Jackson film starring Jill Scott produced by Queen Latifah and Jamie Foxx. There’s also a TV film produced by Robin Roberts starring Danielle Brooks.
The Good Morning America anchor recently debuted the trailer for her new Lifetime film.
We’re not sure we need three different Mahalia Jackson biopics but you can’t deny the casts are all stellar.
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